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Salman Rushdie talks to Barbara Frum in 1983

The Story

Salman Rushdie's first trip to Canada was strictly business: he had a job as a copywriter for the British ad agency hired by Air Canada. In 1983 he's back, but his business has changed: he's now a full-time novelist who won the Booker Award in 1981 for Midnight's Children. He's appearing at Toronto's International Festival of Authors with a new novel, Shame, which is set in the upper levels of Pakistan's political culture. In this interview with Barbara Frum of CBC-TV's The Journal, Rushdie describes his approach to writing and the world the book inhabits.

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Oct. 19, 1983
Host: Barbara Frum
Guest: Salman Rushdie
Duration: 7:55

Did You know?

• Salman Rushdie made headlines beyond the book world for his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses when Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran declared it an insult to Islam. Rushdie went into hiding for years because of the fatwa -- an edict calling on faithful Muslims to kill him for blasphemy. In 2012 he published a nonfiction book about the experience entitled Joseph Anton: A Memoir. Joseph Anton was the false name Rushdie used at the time.    


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